The world's natural landscapes are increasingly threatened, as are incredible landscapes that resulted from centuries of cultural use—such as the rice terraces of the Philippines or the cliff-side vineyards of Italy's Cinque Terra. And numerous designed landscapes derive from former estates and public parks. Read the International Heritage News Network how protecting parks and landscapes has its own unique challenges!

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March 25, 2019

"unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms…that overwhelm our senses through its immense size" On February 26, 2019, the Grand Canyon celebrate

February 19, 2019

Realizing “nature’s ability to rejuvenate the mind and body” In the United States, Boston Common (in Boston, Massachusetts) is regularly considered to be the f

February 13, 2019

“a rare moment of bipartisanship … and a rare victory for environmentalists” In recent months, the partial shut-down of the US federal government led to damage

February 7, 2019

“An early believer in the soothing effects of natural oases hidden amongst urban sprawl,” Olmsted also designed the landscapes of many country estates Born in

December 18, 2018

(Above: Not Ryan Zinke) Every change of administration from one political party to the next brings cautious concern over the new directions in store for variou

June 29, 2018

Ecological conversations - what is true for trees is also true for people

When Central Park opened in 1858, it hardly reflected its name, located in what was then the northern reaches of Manhattan Island far away from the burgeoning development downtown. As the populati...

November 25, 2017

"I propose our gift to the future be a network of old-growth (or future old-growth) forests across the Country."

Joan Maloof is an ecologist, based in Maryland, an author, and an advocate for protecting old-growth forests—not just large acreages but relatively small por...

November 1, 2017

"I see lots of other people who remind me of myself: aging and white."

The US national park system, often called America’s best idea, attracted record visitation last year. The increased popularity is buttressed by a recent poll that indicated the American public places...

October 4, 2017

Central Park in New York City is perhaps the best-known international example of an urban park. Photographer Daniel Arnold spent much of the summer of 2017 photographing the interaction of the city’s urbanites with the natural landscapes offered in New York’s many urba...

September 30, 2017

In 2016, more than 330 million people visited national parks across the United States, setting a record. In fact, the number of visitors is slightly more than the entire population of the country (of course, many of these visitors were from overseas). Encompassing more...

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